Abbabiya Simbassa

American Distance Project
Sioux City, IA University of Oklahoma Colorado Springs, CO

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Abbabiya Simbassa

Abbabiya “Biya” was born in Asela, Ethiopia, where he used to run to school about five miles total back and forth. At age 13 in 2007, his father moved the family to Houston, Texas, where he lived his first two years in the United States. When his mother took a job in Iowa, Biya lived in Sioux City and then spent a year in Minneapolis with his aunt. While in Minnesota, he got his start in competitive running on the track team and in his senior year back in Iowa, he also went out for cross country.


Biya ran…

About Biya

  • Training group: American Distance Project
  • Hobbies: I love to play soccer because I enjoy watching soccer after a run
  • Favorite TV show: Family Guy
  • Favorite movie: Captain America
  • Dream vacation: Dubai
  • Favorite place to compete: Stanford because the track meets were always fast with lots of support!
  • Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving
  • Warm up song: Any hip-hop or rap
  • I most enjoy competing against: Anyone fast who is better than me
  • Highschool PR: XC: 15:36; 1600: 4:23

I was very young when I came to America and I came with my brothers from Ethiopia. I am the only person who is a runner from my family. The funny thing is, before I came to American I did not like running because none of my family were involved in sports.  I hated running when I was a little kid!. After coming to American one of my counselors just looked at me and said that I should do track and field, and I said OK. After that, I fell love with running. Off the track I am the regular person that who like to meet new people to make a friends.


I am the only runner and the first person to graduate from college in my family.


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RT @MikeJaytrackxc: Former Iowa preps @Biya_simba35 @nhsrunning @Triton_XC and @NicholasYanek @PVXC5000 finished 11th and 27th at the prest…

RT @ChrisChavez: All smiles for @NAUTrackFieldXC’s Abdi Nur who makes his first U.S. team and qualifies for @WCHoregon22 with a third place…